Traveling Down the Road to Biblical Illiteracy


biblical illiteracy

America is traveling down the road to biblical illiteracy. Here is an example that recently took place.

Have you ever watched the game show called “Jeopardy“? I’m sure you’ve at least heard of it. Host Mayim Bialik read the clue.

Matthew 6:9 says, “Our Father, which art in heaven, _________ be thy name.”

Not one of the three contestants knew the answer.

The host read the question again. Matthew 6:9 says, “Our Father, which art in heaven, ___________ be thy name. The camera cut to all three contestants. Not one of them knew the answer.

This is a snapshot of where our country is headed. We are traveling down the road toward biblical illiteracy. Some would say we have already arrived. It would be hard to disagree with them.

What are the causes behind this? What are some road signs along the way? Why are many children growing up to be adults who have little to no biblical knowledge? Let’s talk about this and see what we can do to reverse this.

Be strategic in teaching children the great truths, lessons and stories from God’s Word. Don’t just teach random stories and lessons from the Bible. Have a plan. You only have so many weeks to embed God’s Word into the lives and hearts of the next generation. What are the “must knows” that kids need to grasp?

If you haven’t checked out my curriculum called “Connect 12,” you should look at it. I have developed a strategy to teach children the 12 big truths that they need to know. Using teaching strategies the 12 big truths will be placed in children’s minds. In other words, children will know these 12 truths for the rest of their life. You can get more information about Connect 12 curriculum at this link. It can be used on Sunday or for Wednesday night programming.

Equip parents to teach their children the great truths, lessons and stories from God’s Word. Parents who are Biblically illiterate will produce children who are Biblically illiterate. Create a strategy for connecting parents to what you are teaching their children at church. I have often found that parents will learn just as much Bible as their children when you take this approach.

Emphasize the importance of attending church faithfully. It’s hard to become proficient in something that you only study once a month or less. “Faithfully” attending church is now considered going to church once a month.

Can you imagine a child only going to school once a month? They would have a hard time grasping and understanding the materials they are trying to learn.


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